Modern birth control methods give you the freedom to decide when you want to start a family. If you're not sure which method is best for you, the expert team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York can go through all of them with you to help you make the right decision. They offer a comprehensive range of birth control options to suit every patient's needs at their offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Call the location nearest you or use online booking to schedule a consultation today.
Birth control, or contraception, gives you control over your reproduction so you choose if and when you become pregnant. As well as being a vital aspect of family planning, some birth control methods help protect you against STDs.
Short-term contraceptive methods are those you can stop at any point. Long-term contraceptive methods are those that last for a long time — many years in some cases — and typically need medical intervention to quit.
A third type is emergency contraception, which you use after having poorly protected or unprotected sex.
There are a wide variety of birth control methods available. These include:
Hormonal birth control alters your body's hormones, which prevents ovulation or fertilization. Hormonal birth control is available as an oral pill, a patch, a long-lasting implant, an injection, an intrauterine device (IUD), or a vaginal ring.
Barrier methods act as a physical barrier between your partner's sperm and your uterus. Types of barrier birth control include male and female condoms, sponges, cervical caps, and diaphragms.
IUDs are small devices that your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC inserts into your uterus. They can be hormonal or made of copper, which adversely affects the sperm. Copper IUDs can last 10 years and hormonal IUDs last 3-5 years. They're both fully reversible.
Sterilization is a surgical method of contraception. Men can have a vasectomy, which stops sperm from getting into the semen. Women can undergo tubal ligation, which involves cutting, tying, or blocking your fallopian tubes.
Sterilization is a permanent form of contraception, although reversal may be possible.
Each type of birth control has its advantages and disadvantages. For some women, remembering to take a pill at the same time every day is difficult, and forgetting pills reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
In this case, you might be better off having a long-lasting implant or IUD. On the other hand, if you want to be able to stop using contraception at any time, a long-term option doesn't give you the same flexibility.
You also need to consider the possible side effects of hormonal birth control. If you suffer from menstrual problems like heavy bleeding and pain, hormonal birth control can be useful in minimizing your symptoms.
However, if you're at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), birth control methods that use estrogen would increase your risk.
You can discuss the pros and cons of each method of birth control with your expert provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC to find the best solution. Call the nearest office to schedule a consultation or book online today.